He has played 16 international ODI games for Hong Kong and one of those matches have also been against India where he had scored 73 runs from 97 balls chasing 286 runs. Yes, we are talking about former Hong Kong captain Anshuman Rath who has now expressed his desire to play Test cricket for India someday.
Rath, who was born in Hong Kong in 1997 after his family moved there from Odisha has now quit playing for Hong Kong and has signed up for Vidarbha to pursue a career in Indian team. The match which was mentioned above happened to be his last international match for Hong Kong.
Anshuman Rath has played 16 ODIs and 20 T20Is for Hong Kong and even though, many of his matches were played against associate countries, his average of 52 in ODIs is quite impressive. He also picked up 14 wickets with ball in those 16 matches.
Rath talked about his desires to play Test cricket for India although he also accepted that it would be a herculean task for him seeing the competition but he is not ready to give up.
” I am not going to leave anything to chance. I see a lot of talented cricketers have the world of excuses. I know it is going to be a Herculean task. For now, my goal is just to get into that Vidarbha side and cement that position and then get closer and closer to the ultimate dream of playing Test cricket,” Anshuman Rath said.
About the Asia Cup Match
Along with talking about his ambitions to play cricket for India, Anshuman Rath also talked about the Asia Cup match where Hong Kong had a realistic chance of beating India and they just fell short by 18 runs. Rath was the captain and had scored 73 runs in that match.
” Everything was just clicking. What would have made it a perfect day is that we would have got 26 more runs.” , Anshuman Rath said.
India were invited to bat first and they posted a total of 285 on the board thanks to a century from Shikhar Dhawan. Hong Kong opening stand between Anshuman Rath and Nizakat Khan frustrated India at first and then they stretched the partnership to a position where Indian fans had their heart in the mouth. Nizakat was finally dismissed when Hong Kong’s score was 174 and Indian bowlers saved the day for India by picking up few quick wickets once the first wicket fell.
“We made a tactical decision to promote Nizakat to open with me. We told him to play out there like its a T20 match, just literally play fearless cricket. We had got nothing to lose. The momentum was on our side and I told him ‘just play fearless cricket. He got us to off a flier. He kept the tempo going and I was able to construct the chase from the other end,” the wicket keeper batsman further added.
Anshuman Rath is only 22 years old and he could still have a chance to play for India.